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Magazine Contest

Magazine Contest

The contest is open to magazines produced by OPA business-member newspapers only.


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  • ENTRY: An entry consists of TWO ISSUES published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, by a magazine that publishes at least quarterly. (Limit of one entry per publication.) 
  • CONTENT: All articles must have been locally produced by the staff or freelancers.
  • DISTRIBUTION: Magazines may be distributed to your readership by any means.
  • DIVISION: All entries will compete in one division.
  • AWARDS: First, second and third place will be awarded. First place receives a plaque; second and third place winners each receive a certificate.
  • ENTRY FEE: $25 per entry. (Entry fee may be included with Better Newspaper Contest payment.)
  • JUDGING CRITERIA: Judges will consider quality of writing, editing, design, photography, advertising, creativity and overall effectiveness.
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: February 3, 2020


  • Provide your two issues digitally as PDFs or flipbook format. If the files are too large for the contest website, upload your two issues to a third-party site, such as or, and provide the links at OPA's contest website for judges to review.
  • Enter online at: When submitting an entry, the Division is “Special Awards” and category is “Magazine Contest." 


QUESTIONS: For clarification of contest rules, email Lisa Sutliff or call her at (405) 499-0026, 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Oklahoma).